To ensure our members get the care they need, eliminate potential delays in admission and treatment, and help New Jersey hospitals deal with the increasing demand on staff resources, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) is waiving pre-authorization and pre-certification for inpatient admissions at in-network acute care h…
— Read on http://www.horizonhealthnews.com/eliminating-pre-authorization-requirements-for-acute-care-hospital-admissions-and-referral-requirements-for-medicaid-members/
While the COVID-19 outbreak has a widespread impact, for some groups the situation furthers their vulnerabilities and limitations. On this page, you will find a list of resources, campaigns, and actions to help support your families and communities as we all work to respond to this moment.
— Read on cwa-union.org/cwa-human-rights-covid-19-resources
CWA NJ Town Hall call Thursday, March 19th at 8:00 pm and again Friday, March 20th at 11:00 am for members with information on our efforts during the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. If you DO NOT receive the call, you can dial in at 855-269-4484.
This writing is to provide some information pertaining to the Covid19 situation and what the Union is doing to protect the workforce from continued exposure. This is completely unchartered territory and everyone is working around the clock to get plans enacted quickly to shut the state down as completely as possible. We agree that department’s waiting any longer to take action is irresponsible.
Your Union leadership has been on calls with every department as well as the Governor’s office addressing your concerns for over a week now. The Governor has ordered all State departments to put a work from home plan in place by the end of today to minimize the number of employees who would be required to report to their work locations. We are also reviewing lists that identify those employees deemed essential and those who have the ability to work from a remote location. We are trying to maximize those numbers. Many of you have had to complete forms identifying your ability to do this with state issued equipment or personal equipment that has the capability to log into the State’s portals. If the department determines you do not have the capability or there is no need to work from home, and you have not been designated essential, you will be permitted to stay home and will be paid for the time you are out of work. This should all be in place and in effect by Wednesday.
For those who have compromised immune systems or other medical conditions that place you at a higher risk, we encourage you to stay home and use your sick time. If you have the ability to secure a doctor’s note, you should provide it to your department’s Human Resource office with a copy to your Union Local. We will address the use of leave time once this situation subsides.
These are scary times and we are all feeling the pressure of how to best protect ourselves. We also understand that “we’re working on it” is growing old, but we are seriously working on this non-stop. It may become necessary to mobilize our efforts to put significant pressure on the administration so be on the lookout for additional information.
We urge you to make decisions based on what is best for you and your family. The main goal here is to minimize the spread and impact of this virus, keep as many people healthy as possible, and return to life as we once knew it.
Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Members of CWA
This is an advisory for CWA Members on the current COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
What’s the bottomline? CWA is carefully monitoring the situation for our members. We are asking Employers to conduct themselves responsibly and we are particularly focused on making sure actions that protect our members and their families are being considered wherever possible. The fact that many of our members are public workers of course complicates this, because in many cases we are the essential front lines of this public crisis.
We are asking our members to take responsibility to act prudently when they can (washing hands, self-reporting and self -quarantines, speak with your Local and with appropriate health professionals) and to cooperate with all efforts that are being made to keep the virus from spreading. We will continue to get information out to our members as we understand it and it is helpful.
Please stay united and let’s take care of each other during these frightening times. #CWASTRONG.
SPECIAL NOTICE TO R-HEALTH MEMBERS: IN ORDER TO PROTECT ALL MEMBERS, R-HEALTH HAS SUSPENDED WALK IN SERVICES TO PREVENT ANY INADVERTENT EXPOSURE. IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OR YOU NEED AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR, YOU SHOULD CALL OR USE ONLINE TOOLS. YOU WILL GET AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE AND THEY WILL DIRECT YOU TO WHAT CARE THAT YOU NEED. IF YOU SEEK WALK IN SERVICES, THEY WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AND IT WILL DELAY – NOT EXPEDITE – TREATMENT.
CWA Addresses Coronavirus Outbreak
— Read on cwa-union.org/news/cwa-addresses-coronavirus-outbreak
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.
CWA’s Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, please contact your CWA Local or District immediately.
Local health and safety committees are also sharing information with members on protocols for avoiding infection at their workplaces.
These resources provide more information on how to protect yourself from coronavirus infection, what to do if you are sick, and how to address the risk of infection in your workplace:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Hazard Recognition
AFL-CIO Coronavirus Resources
Mar 5, 2020 – CWA Addresses Coronavirus Outbreak
— Read on cwa-union.org/news/cwa-addresses-coronavirus-outbreak
The CWA Local 1033 Education and Equity Committee mission is to educate and inspire members of all genders, religions, sexual orientations, ages, and those with disabilities, to give our members a voice, to know their rights and to put a stop to discrimination and harassment in the workplace and in society.
This survey is available to CWA Local 1033 members who are being discriminated or harassed at the workplace.
The survey answers will be sent to Regina M. Jackson, chair of the Education & Equity committee.
Members can also contact us.